Bryce Easton has had a quiet year with only two top-10 finishes, but in this week’s Vodacom Origins of Golf event at Euphoria Golf Estate, he’ll be hoping that some of last year’s magic touch returns.
In the corresponding event last year at Zebula, just down the road near Bela-Bela, he rode the wave of a second-round eight-under-par 64 to a three-stroke victory over Doug McGuigan and his second win on the Sunshine Tour after he broke through two weeks earlier at the Sun City Challenge.
That kind of round has been hard to come by for him, after he opened his year with a scintillating 65 in February’s Joburg Open. Since then, his best tournament round in South African was his closing 66 in the Vodacom Origins of Golf tournament at Simola in the Western Cape.
But he managed a 64 to close the Chiangmai Golf Classic on the Asian Tour to finish second behind Australia’s Scott Hend, a performance which has set him up for another year in Asia as he attempts to take his game to another level.
For now, however, he will want to put two consecutive missed cuts behind him – which took his total of missed cuts for the year to seven, out of 12 tournaments played – and get his game up to speed ahead of a return to Asia for some more tournaments for which he is able to secure invitations.
He will be up against the likes of Darren Fichardt, Trevor Fisher Jnr, Tjaart van der Walt and Keith Horne, who have been campaigning on the European Tour. They will be keen to show their paces back on home soil.
And, even more significantly, the form man Adilson Da Silva is in the field, and he’s won twice on the Sunshine Tour this year – in the Zambia Sugar Open and in the last tournament played, July’s Vodacom Origins of Golf event at Selborne in KwaZulu-Natal.
Also in the field after the pre-qualifier was Heinrich Bruiners, who carded a four-under-par 68 to get into the field, two shots clear of Jeff Inglis and Daniel Hammond.
The 54-hole R600,000 tournament begins on Wednesday.